2010 Rally Azores

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2010 Sata Rally Azores
45º Sata Rallye Açores
Round 7 of the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge season
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Rally Azores Logo
Host country Portugal Portugal
Rally base Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores
Dates run July 15 – 17 2010
Stages 19 (217.90 km; 135.40 mi)[1][2]
Stage surface Gravel
Overall distance 799.99 km (497.09 mi)
Results
Overall winner Portugal Bruno Magalhães
Portugal Peugeot Sport Portugal
Crews 38 at start, 22 at finish

The 2010 Sata Rally Azores, officially 45º Sata Rallye Açores, was the seventh round of the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) season. The 19 stage gravel rally took place on the island of São Miguel in the Azores between 15–17 July 2010.[1][2]

Introduction[edit]

The rally was based in the major city of Ponta Delgada. Day one consisted of three stages covering a total of 24.40 km (15.16 mi). Day two covered a total of 98.46 km (61.18 mi) over nine stages with the remaining seven stages, covering 95.04 km (59.06 mi) were completed on day three.

Results[edit]

Bruno Magalhães became the sixth different winner of an IRC rally in 2010, after taking advantage of troubles for the Škodas of championship contenders Juho Hänninen and Jan Kopecký over the closing stages of the rally. Magalhães had dominated the early running of the event, holding a 2.2-second advantage into the final day.[3] Hänninen eroded the gap on the first stage on Saturday, but would have to wait until stage fifteen to take the lead, as stage fourteen was cancelled after Andreas Mikkelsen hit a stray cow.[4] Hänninen would hold the lead until the penultimate stage, when he picked up a right-front puncture on the Graminhais test, losing nearly two minutes to his chasers, falling to fourth behind Kopecký, Magalhães and Kris Meeke. Kopecký held a lead of 6.4 seconds going into the final 21.94 km (13.63 mi) Tronqueira test over Magalhães.[5] However, Kopecký's bid for a second win of the season would come to a premature end as he slid off the road with four kilometres remaining in the stage.[6] His bad luck rewarded Magalhães with his first-ever win in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, with Meeke coming home in second to record Peugeot's first 1-2 in the series since Meeke and Nicolas Vouilloz finished in those positions at the 2009 Rally International de Curitiba. Hänninen's third place finish extended his championship lead over Kopecký to nine points, with Magalhães moving into third position.

Overall[edit]

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
1. Portugal Bruno Magalhães Portugal Carlos Magalhães Peugeot 207 S2000 2:34:00.4 0.0 10
2. United Kingdom Kris Meeke Republic of Ireland Paul Nagle Peugeot 207 S2000 2:35:00.5 1:00.1 8
3. Finland Juho Hänninen Finland Mikko Markkula Škoda Fabia S2000 2:35:21.1 1:20.7 6
4. Norway Andreas Mikkelsen Norway Ola Fløene Ford Fiesta S2000 2:38:46.0 4:45.6 5
5. Portugal Ricardo Moura Portugal Sancho Eiró Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 2:39:22.4 5:22.0 4
6. Portugal Vítor Pascoal Portugal Mário Castro Peugeot 207 S2000 2:42:59.1 8:58.7 3
7. Portugal Pedro Vale Portugal Rui Medeiros Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII 2:44:55.7 10:55.3 2
8. Portugal Sérgio Silva Portugal Paulo Leal Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2:46:54.9 12:54.5 1

Special stages[edit]

Day Stage Time Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
Leg 1
(15 July)
SS1 16:40 Lagoa/Marques 1 14.90 km Portugal Bruno Magalhães 10:14.4 87.30 km/h Portugal Bruno Magalhães
SS2 17:19 Coroa da Mata 7.50 km Finland Juho Hänninen 6:30.3 69.18 km/h
SS3 17:55 Grupo Marques 1 2.00 km Norway Andreas Mikkelsen 1:47.3 67.10 km/h Finland Juho Hänninen
Leg 2
(16 July)
SS4 10:03 Batalha Golfe 1 7.90 km Portugal Bruno Magalhães 5:48.0 81.72 km/h Portugal Bruno Magalhães
SS5 10:38 Feteiras 1 7.47 km Czech Republic Jan Kopecký 5:48.5 77.16 km/h
SS6 11:03 Sete Cidades 1 18.30 km Portugal Bruno Magalhães 13:14.9 82.88 km/h
SS7 12:57 Batalha Golfe 2 7.90 km Finland Juho Hänninen 5:39.1 83.87 km/h
SS8 13:32 Feteiras 2 7.47 km United Kingdom Kris Meeke 5:40.7 78.93 km/h
SS9 13:57 Sete Cidades 2 18.30 km Portugal Bruno Magalhães 13:05.9 83.83 km/h
SS10 15:57 Lagoa/Marques 2 14.90 km Finland Juho Hänninen 10:03.8 88.84 km/h
SS11 16:50 Achada das Furnas 1 8.42 km Czech Republic Jan Kopecký 6:01.2 83.92 km/h
SS12 17:13 Lomba da Maia 1 7.80 km Finland Juho Hänninen 4:15.1 110.07 km/h
Leg 3
(17 July)
SS13 10:17 Achada das Furnas 2 8.42 km Finland Juho Hänninen 5:51.6 86.21 km/h Portugal Bruno Magalhães
Finland Juho Hänninen
SS14 10:45 Graminhais 1 20.68 km stage cancelled
SS15 11:33 Tronqueira 1 21.94 km Portugal Bernardo Sousa 18:42.2 70.38 km/h Finland Juho Hänninen
SS16 13:20 Grupo Marques 2 2.00 km Finland Juho Hänninen 1:46.6 67.54 km/h
SS17 15:22 Lomba da Maia 2 7.80 km Finland Juho Hänninen 4:15.8 109.77 km/h
SS18 15:53 Graminhais 2 20.68 km Czech Republic Jan Kopecký 15:29.7 80.08 km/h Czech Republic Jan Kopecký
SS19 16:41 Tronqueira 2 21.94 km United Kingdom Kris Meeke 18:35.5 70.81 km/h Portugal Bruno Magalhães

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Itinerary Days 1 and 2" (PDF). Intercontinental Rally Challenge. 2010-03-30. Archived from the original on 2 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Itinerary Day 3" (PDF). Intercontinental Rally Challenge. 2010-03-30. Archived from the original on 2 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  3. ^ "Magalhães holds slender lead in the Azores". ircseries.com (Intercontinental Rally Challenge). 2010-07-16. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  4. ^ "Cows on road force stage axe". ircseries.com (Intercontinental Rally Challenge). 2010-07-17. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  5. ^ "Puncture for Hänninen in Azores". ircseries.com (Intercontinental Rally Challenge). 2010-07-17. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  6. ^ "Magalhães takes last-gasp win". ircseries.com (Intercontinental Rally Challenge). 2010-07-17. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 

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